"A right is not what someone gives you;
it's what no one can take from you."
Ramsey Clark
(1927-) US Attorney General (1967-69)
New York Times, 2 October 1977
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Something the DCeivers need to learn.
 -- Mike, NC     
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    Amen, and Amen.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Since a right can not be taken away, keep the gun control people away from the Second Amendment.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Seems to me these days, people are GIVING their own rights away.
     -- Anonymous, Raleigh, NC     
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     -- Laura, Plymouth, MA      
     -- Anonymous      
    I think that this is very true and the greatest quote ever
     -- nastassja, orlando     
    Of course, some people, it seems, believe they have rights that simply are NOT rights.
     -- Anonymous     
    Nuff said! Love it!
     -- Re ' Starnes, Coeurdalene, idaho     
    Amen ! again.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Tell that to over a million non-violent offenders currently incarcerated for victimless 'crimes' in America. Clark's statement could be confused with power, not rights. Nice sentiment, but kind of hypocritical.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Absolutely. To incarcerate an individual is not to remove an inalienable right but only, a prevention of ability to exercise such right. The "be" (visible / invisible, tangible / intangible, concrete / abstract, etc.) and the "do" are 2 different things. Rights are inalienable / unalienable.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Mary, MI      
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